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Rex Ryan, Talk Like the Wind

We are blessed here to have a coach like Rex Ryan. He is talented and smart, sure, but mostly: He's fun. He's brash, he's opinionated, he drinks beer in fat-guy coach's shorts. With Grandpa Grumpy over there on the other side of Giants Stadium, a freewheeling shit-kicker like Ryan is all we could hope for. Now that the Jets have lost three games in a row though, it was inevitable: People now want him to shut up.

Apparently Rex Ryan's big, boastful, scary words are hurting his team's confidence and destroying the fragile psyche of his Fabergé-egg quarterback. So says Gary Myers of the Daily News.


Rex Ryan's mouth keeps running, a family tradition, but here's his real dilemma: He has a rookie quarterback who doesn't appear confident or capable enough right now to back up his coach's words.
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Ryan can't help being Ryan, and that means lots of bravado whether he has a rookie QB or a Hall of Famer. "I've said it from day one: If I don't believe in the team, who is going to?" Ryan said. "To come out 3-0, a lot of people jumped on the bandwagon and all that stuff, and they're breaking their backs getting off the bandwagon right now and I understand that."

We're not sure we understand how "If I don't believe in the team, who is going to?" could possibly be construed as "bravado," but no matter: Win or lose, Rex Ryan is the most entertaining thing about the Jets, and definitely the most entertaining coach in town. A large part of his gimmick as a coach, it seems, is keeping the spotlight on himself so that his players can focus on the game itself. He makes himself larger-than-life and headline-worthy, and they don't have to. The Jets are struggling right now, but not egregiously so, and a 3-3 record is about what anyone would have expected going into this year. (It's actually a little better than we had thought.) Rex Ryan knows what he's doing. Let the man talk his glorious, glorious talk.

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